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Children's Book Writers
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Mentor Contest: Call for Proposals 2016

Mentor an Aspiring Writer

We’re looking for a PAL member of SCBWI-Los Angeles who writes middle-grade and/or young adult fiction to work with one of our unpublished members for six months from approximately May 15-November 15, 2016. You establish the terms of the mentorship and the contest for mentee selection. Our team supports you through the process.

What you receive:

– Honorarium
– Contest publicity to include your name, headshot, bio, website links, and/or book sales links
– The gratitude of at least one new fan and friend within the SCBWI-Los Angeles membership

What you need to do:

Submit a two-part proposal by December 18, 2015 to

Proposal Part 1: The Mentorship

a) What are your publishing credits? Why would you be a good MG/YA writing mentor? What are your areas of expertise?
b) What skills/techniques are you prepared to help develop in your mentee?
c) How will you communicate with your mentee? By phone, email, in-person? How often?
d) What kind of critiques will you provide? Overall comments? Line edits? Any limits on number of pages/projects?
e) Other information to support your proposal?

Note: the chosen mentor must not solicit business or monies from the mentee during the course of the mentorship.

Proposal Part 2: The Contest

a) Specify the type of writing samples you want to see from applicants. (Provide a prompt and/or ask for samples of the applicant’s work. How many pages do you want to see? Of one or multiple projects? Are you looking for a particular genre? A finished piece or a work-in-progress? Etc.)
b) Provide a list of questions that you want the applicants to answer and/or a list of other relevant information you would like to receive to help you make your decision. (Goals? Bio? Etc.)
c) Other?

The SCBWI-L.A. Contest Coordinator will administrate the contest according to your criteria above (announce the contest, collect and qualify submissions, and turn them over to you for judging and selection of the lucky mentee).

Example from the winning 2015 Contest Proposal


– You must be a PAL member in good standing of SCBWI-Los Angeles.
– Limited to one entry per person.

Deadlines & Proposed Calendar:

We can make adjustments based on the winning mentor’s schedule.

Saturday, 12/18/15 Mentor proposals due by midnight
Tuesday, 1/26/16 Mentor selected by SCBWI-L.A. staff
2/18/16-3/31/16 Mentee applications collected
4/8/16-5/6/16 Mentor judges applications and selects mentee
Saturday, 5/14/16 Winning mentee announced
5/15/16-11/15/16 Mentorship

To ensure fairness to all, no questions will be answered.

Thank you!